Chaplain (LTC) Douglas Compton
Pastor of Grace U.M. Church, Millersburg
Doug has three children(Mark, Amy & Heather) and six grandchildren (Reily, Kyle, Joshua, Alexa, Gavin and Leah).
He is a Cedar Cliff High School graduate Following discharge from the army, he graduated from Shippensburg University(1980), Gettysburg Seminary (1984) and was ordained in the United Methodist Church (1986) He has served the Pennsylvania Army National Guard since 1987.
During the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack, he was activated to serve at Shanksville. During those difficult days he counseled National Guard soldiers, Red Cross workers, FBI, State Police, and workers from the various agencies that served in the rescue operation.
Doug has had three deployments: Germany (2000-3), Kosovo ( 2004-6), and Iraq (2009)
Doug is Senior Pastor of Grace United Methodist Church in Millersburg.
Doug writes : “My role as an Army Chaplain provides me with many opportunities to serve our soldiers in various ways. My counseling skills are often put to the test when soldiers face issues that can overwhelm them if they are not handled properly. During deployments, problems can range from marital or family issues, financial issues, grief counseling, spiritual guidance or even communication problems between soldiers in the various sections. In addition to counseling and worship we to teach classes, during this last tour I was able to teach, “Financial Peace University” by Dave Ramsey and it was received very well. I have also conducted countless briefings on Suicide Prevention, Reunion, and Army Core Values. …Grace United Methodist Church … fully supported (me) on this recent tour. Their prayers, packages and support helped the deployment to move forward and lifted me during various times of frustration and discouragement. I owe a lot to the members and friends of Grace Church and everything to our Lord in whose name I serve.”